Extension maintains a vital University presence throughout the state, extending the research and resources of the University to communities across Minnesota.
More than 65 percent of Extension's 830 researchers, educators and community-based staff live and work in Greater Minnesota. Because Extension faculty and staff are located in regional and county offices, research and outreach centers, and University campuses throughout the state, Extension is able to make University research and knowledge readily available to the people of Greater Minnesota.
As a land-grant university, the U of M has an obligation to provide outreach and service to Minnesotans, and Extension is a vital part of the U's land-grant mission. Extension listens to Minnesotans throughout the state as they talk about their most pressing issues: health and wellness, a strong economy and a sustainable environment. Extension delivers on the University's land-grant mission and mandate by connecting the public with scientific information and expertise that helps develop thriving rural communities, healthy landscapes and people, a robust food culture, and agriculture that is more regionally-based and sustainable.
Extension is funded through a 100-year-old partnership between federal, state and county governments. Extension's funding sources for the 2010-11 fiscal year comprise a $66.6 million budget (see pie chart).
With the help of state and federal funding, Extension is able to deliver University research and education statewide. Contracts with individual counties provide funding for local positions, programs and services that address specific county needs. In addition, federal grants make it possible for Extension to deliver nutrition education to food-stamp-eligible families in Minnesota's 87 counties.
This issue of Source highlights Extension's partnerships with Minnesota counties. To learn more about the positive impact these partnerships have on Minnesota's environment, communities, food and agriculture, families and youth, please turn the page and read on.
Beverly R. Durgan
Dean, University of Minnesota Extension